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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 280   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Ephraim (1823-1913) was our great-great grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery resides several hundred feet downhill from the land that he and his father settled. In his honor, this Imperial India Pale Ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, buckets of American hops, our ale yeast and water from our well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and double dry hopped. Intensely aromatic and saturated with resinous hop flavor, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Ephraim. 10.3%, 21ºP, 280 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
umich03jm (1955) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2013
750 ml growler from 46er3498. Pours a cloudy orange color with a perfect medium sized head that fades normally and never completely goes away. Leaves oily webbing when swirled. Aroma is awesome. Dank tropical fruit and grapefruit hops mixed with pine and a little malt. Taste is juicy hops. Nice moderate sweetness countered with a strong bitterness. Packed with tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges, pine, and spicy hops. Enough malt to hold it together. Medium to thick body with a nice oily mouthfeel. Just an amazing DIPA and reminds me of Heady Topper. Must be something in the water there in Vermont. Wow.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1887) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 On tap at the Barcade Phila anniversary. Aroma of sweet citrus and slight resin. Pours hazy peach with little head. Taste is very juicy with orange peel, grapefruit, and slight resin. Easy to drink and everything I like in an IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (1858) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Growler: Thanks, Oliver! Beaming orange-amber hybrid, just a slight haze running throughout but appears clear from afar, topped with a foamy & frothy, gray-tinted head; moderate webbing left behind. Aroma is an American hop dream... Huge tropical & citric presence; juicy mango, sweet peach, pineapple, orange, guava, all with a lovely undercurrent of herbal pine, evergreen, & freshly cut grass. Pleasant sweetness on the nose, giving a gushing, juicy quality to the hops. Ephraim is even juicier on the palate... Bomb of sweet peach, orange peel, mango, just an explosion of tropical, fruity hops. Lightly bitter, gracefully sweet, like biting into a fruit & taking part of the rind with it. Pine needles & herbal hemp oil cut through & round things out, light resinous & dank quality near the finish. Notes of lightly toasted pale malt & honeycomb coat the palate in the aftertaste, lingering with a combo of candied grapefruit flesh & sugar cookies. Substantial, big body, but not overly viscous or cumbersome for the style. I am not normally a fan of "sweeter" DIPAs, I don’t like the overly sticky, caramel malts getting in the way. Ephraim is definitely sweet, but it’s the addition of dextrose while still keeping an all pale malt bill that makes the delicate sweetness work to accentuate the hops rather than crowd them with an abundance of toffee-like sweetness that comes with darker malt bills (Abrasive takes a similar approach, also a favorite of mine). Ephraim is a fantastic "big" DIPA, done properly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
tap: fruity, sweet malts. piney hops, prickly carbonation with a warming booze finish. Nice candied fruits and sticky hops. yum.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1795) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
On tap at HF. Pours hazy golden with high white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, malt. Taste is of pine, citrus, malt. Somewhat bitter, but not overly. Good body. Overall: very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1779) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2013
75cl bottle at home. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clouded blond beer, UFO’s, off white stable large head. NOSE: hoppy, fruity, peppery, some peaches. TASTE: peppery, quite heavy, little alcohol noticeable. Quite nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (1774) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
Bottle as part of the Hickster Bimble day, huge thanks for the pour. Pours a lemon straw colour with a white head. Lovely funky veg, fruity aroma. Medium to full body, medium carb. Boozy, very slightly harsh, with light veg, very light caramel, pine, sap, light wood, grapefruit, marmalade. Yes, tasty! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1573) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Clementine, cotton candy, northwest rainforest aroma; alive and whimsical.

Subtle layering of rich blonde malts and tropical, misty hops. Stunning.

Viscous at first, settling into an awesome, brittle and wintery dryness.

Another fully inspiring example.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GMCC2181 (1504) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Draft at Cambridge... Good looking brew, light colored orange with a slight yellow tint. Decent head that faded fast. Nice nose of grass, fruity notes, and pine. Taste is delicious.... Light bitterness but tons of hops... Pine, mango, tree sap, grass, hay, fruity with out one flavor dominating... Some yeast flavor and a malt body to keep it balanced. Crisp and really light for a DIPA. The alcohol is so well hidden. Scary that this is so tasty and drinkable.... Overall: Great beer.... really enjoyed this!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrymel (1502) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Oh, just one of six half growlers I received recently. Pours a hazy light apricot with a sheet of light white foam. Smell is juicy. Some pear, some tangerine, some melons and pineappel, and hints of resin, but mostly sweet juicy hops. This is an approach to hops and grain I’ve not really experienced before, this is really innovative - this does not really smell like an IPA/IIPA. More like a sweet biscuit with some preserves on it. Flavor follows suit, really unassuming for the style. Not overly syrupy sweet, like some IIPAs, but slightly sweet with lots more juicy fruit, biscuity malt and now some bitterness and a little more hop character as it warms. Full bodied with sharp carb and a semi dry finish. This is a really fine brew, I’m not sure I would go nuts for it, and would likely prefer a few cans of Heady Topper over this, or several others as well. i might argue the beer is a little too heavy on the Dextrose, like Hop Henge in the last couple years.


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